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Mobile Photography Interview A Day in the Life of Christine O Sobczak a Fine Art Mobile Artist from the United States

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Today we are featuring fine art mobile photographer, Christine O Sobczak from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

We are sure you are going to enjoy this, if you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at [email protected] and I will get back to you.

Christine O Sobczak

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Let’s start at the beginning of the day, how does your day start?

I am a late night person. So, into bed around midnight and then I wake up around 7. Anyone who knows me, knows that my day always begins with my Starbuck’s mocha ( iced, triple shots, decaf, whole milk, no whip ).

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Do you like to head out and take photographs early on?

Since I consider myself a fine art photographer, I really don’t have a special time of day. However, I do get pulled into street photography at times. The moon, ocean and beautiful clouds, I can’t resist them.  The majority of the objects in my images have been photographed by me. I am always aware of the kind of exterior, natural light that I need for clarity and file size when I shoot my material. I am attentive to the type of day, sunny, cloudy, and the light of the season (summer, fall, winter, spring).

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How did the transition from traditional photographer to mobile photographer develop?

As an older student, after receiving my university degree in fine art/photography, I entered the world of (my terminology) a gallery artist. I worked many years in the traditional darkroom with silver paper which I hand coloured. As the materials for traditional, darkroom images diminished, I knew that I had to enter the digital world. I was going to purchase a professional, digital camera. Somehow, I began looking into mobile photography. The two names that were my first introduction into it were TheAppWhispherer and Daniel Berman.

I remember listening to Joanne interviewing Daniel Berman. I learned about which apps to use from Joanne Carter’s site. I bought a Samsung phone because it offered the highest number of megapixels for file size. I began editing on my first IPad (2). I printed my first manipulated photographs. It was magic, they printed up perfectly, and I was completely converted into mobile photography.

Joanne Carter’s weekly showcases gave me the push to develop my image making. And, I became involved in Roger Guetta’s delightful Abstract site on Facebook.

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Do you like to download new mobile photography and/or art apps regularly?

I am very concerned about how an App affects my file size. So, I do tend to stay with what I know that will allow me to print large images.

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What is your preferred platform, Apple iOS, Android, Windows?

My Samsung Note 5 works for me because it creates large file sizes…And, if I edit a photograph on the phone, it bumps up my file size even larger. I will be purchasing a new smartphone soon. I am open to any one of them. I have tried the new IPhone’s portrait, macro type of lens and it was wonderful. My IPad Pro is my editing tool and I love it.

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Would you consider changing platforms and why?

I am more sophisticated since my mobile photography obsession began so I am open to anything better…..

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How often do you update your existing apps?

I always update my apps after IOS updates….Apple makes the updates very easy. The apps can become quirky if I don’t update them. What are your favourite photography/videography apps and why, what features do you look for in a new app?

The most important thing in an app is does it reduce the file size ! We are or maybe I am in desperate need of an education on boosting file sizes…..

BLENDER because I know how to use it

PHOTO TOASTER, it is disappearing but, it boosts my file sizes like magic

MONOVU, to dull my colours and add texture

MATTER, for alternative subject matter

SKYLAB, to add space elements,

LENS FX, cosmic elements

LENSLIGHT, cosmic elements

SNAPSEED, filters and texture, frames

ICOLORAMA, love tensor and scrape

GLAZE….which I haven’t used for awhile

Newer APPS….

PICSART, many challenges which are fun to take part in !

GHOST LENS , many filters

ADOBE MIX, very new for me

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Where’s your favourite place in the world for a shoot and why?

This is really boring….but, I shoot my objects from my front yard….plenty of sunlight, and shadow….depending on what I am looking for… I live near Lake Michigan and it’s cliffs. I love photographing from the cliffs. And, when I am in Florida who would not take advantage of ocean shots?

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Where do you like to upload your photographs to?

Flickr and Instagram . Flickr is in flux at this time. I prefer Instagram for that reason. I will have a website this year.

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Do you use your mobile phone everyday to take images?

Yes, there is always something outside that may capture my attention. Or, I have some images that I need to take and stash away for future use.

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Do you like to use external hardware products with your mobile device for image and video capturing, such as lenses, tripods, external storage and battery packs?

I have a serious battery pack for when I travel. I do have a tripod. I do not use any lenses. But, I do plan on taking a serious look at lenses when I purchase a new phone. I bought a Sandisk flash drive for my IPad Pro for storage.

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Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?

I only use my phone or IPad for editing. I do not own a laptop or a computer.

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Where do you envisage your mobile photography passion will take you? Have you been involved with exhibitions?

I am in terrible need of organising myself and my ambitions. There are so/too many possibilities in this new application world, I need to settle myself into a more defined style.

Joanne’s Weekly showcases are a pleasure to find one of my images in. I was very happy to have three images included in Daniel Berman’s, Mobile Photography Awards, as honorable mentions this year. The FIPA award that I received from Andrea Bigiarini was a wonderful surprise…

I have images included on The Photo Review’s website…

Too many places and not enough time to work on images …..

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Where do you see the future of mobile photography?

It will have a permanent place in the world of historic art genres and photography. The creation of the applications, smartphones, and tablets, which made mobile photography possible, is unique unto itself.

We have entered a new era of creating images… I have seen some incredible, sophisticated masters using only these (mobile photography) tools.

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What do you think is the most popular area of mobile photography?

The separation of mobile photography images into art or street photography was a brilliant distinction. It is inclusive to everyone and both are equally popular…

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Do you think it is country Specific, are some nations more clued up?

I don’t have a complete grasp on this. I always think that I need to talk to some young, current photography students and understand what they have to say about this. I have felt that it is/was more popular in countries outside of the USA.

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If you could select a specification for a smartphone, what features would you select, photographically speaking?

Large file sizes, and a great night lens….

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What do you think of Joanne and theappwhisperer.com?

If I had not found Joanne’s website, i would have purchased the professional digital camera. And, I would not have found this style of image making which fits my life’s rhythm perfectly.

I am extremely happy to produce the infinite possibilities of images through the use of Applications….

I learn every day from the global school of excellent image makers that have been gathered together through Joanne Carter and her intelligent, hard work.

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